OBITUARY

Michael Flaherty

December 31, 1967August 7, 2020

Corporal Michael Flaherty, 52, of East Stroudsburg passed away on Friday, August 7, in his home surrounded by his loving family after fighting a long and courageous battle with ocular melanoma which metastasized into uveal melanoma. He was the husband of Stephanie (Muller) Flaherty with whom he celebrated 12 years of marriage, the proud father of sons Ryan (27), Liam (10) and Conor (5), and amazing friend and colleague of those he worked with and those he served. Born in Montclair, N.J., he was the son of the late Pauline and Francis Flaherty. He was a graduate of East Stroudsburg High School and Lincoln Tech, Allentown, Pa. Michael began his career in law enforcement as an officer at the Monroe County Correctional Facility in Stroudsburg. Most recently, he was employed at East Stroudsburg University as a police officer since 2012 and served as a member of the East Bangor Police Department since 2010. During his career he also worked as a member of the Nazareth and Roseto Police Departments and the Monroe County DUI Processing Center in Snydersville. Michael served his community as a volunteer with Cub Scout Pack 100 and the East Stroudsburg Little League through the years as a means of spending important family time with his sons. He also enjoyed golf, but most especially cherished the time he could spend with his wife, his children and his friends. Michael will always be remembered by his colleagues and friends for his positivity, kind words and swift action to help those in need. In addition to his wife Stephanie and his three sons, Michael is survived by: two sisters, Wendy (Nick) Sheyka of Bloomfield N.J., and Doreen Flaherty of Orange City, Fla.; one brother, James (Barbara) Flaherty of Melbourne, Fla.; one niece and two nephews. Visitation with the family will be held on Wednesday, August 12 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Lanterman and Allen Funeral Home, 27 Washington Street, East Stroudsburg with services to follow at 3 p.m. at St. Matthews Catholic Church, 200 Brodhead Avenue, in East Stroudsburg. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Ocular Melanoma Foundation at http://www.ocularmelanoma.org/. Scholarship funds are also being established for Michael’s sons.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, August 12, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, August 12, 2020

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Albert Wachira

September 11, 2020

I have just learnt of the passing of Mile whom I met as he performed his patrol routine in the University grounds as I reside on Mary Street.
He would stop at the house when he saw me in the yard and we would chat and discuss what was happening.
One winter I was out of the country and he found my wife using the snow blower, he reversed his cruiser and approached her and demanded to know where I was, since it should have been me using the blower.
He cared about others and I will always treasure the moments we shared.
Fare well Mike and may the lord give comfort to your family.

Tim Butwin

August 12, 2020

To the Flaherty Family,

Cpl. Flaherty will always be one of the most caring and devoted people I’ve met. In the early start of my college career he assisted me with several issues that I had come to deal with. Had he not helped me the way he did my life would have turned out very different. I will always be grateful to him for it. He was a great man, and we are all better for knowing him.

My sincerest condolences once again to your friends and family.

- Tim Butwin

Larry Laubach

August 12, 2020

I first met Mike 7 yrs ago when I was a graduate student at ESU, working at the DNA Lab. He had stopped in and asked me about the project I was working on and about my interests. A week later, knowing that I was doing research on reptiles, he stopped in to ask for my help with some Black Racer Snakes that had gotten caught in some landscape cloth near University Ridge. He directed me to their location and I was able to save 3 snakes. Not many would go out of their way to save snakes. This is the kind of man Mike was. Very kind, professional, caring, and a role model for many. He will share space with many great people in my memories.

Annette Baxter-Pendlebury

August 12, 2020

My thoughts & prayers are with your family. I graduated high school with Mike & remember him fondly. Sweet, funny & a Gentleman. I’d like to thank him & your entire family as well for his service. I pray your family finds comfort during this time. May God bless & keep you all, always in his care.
Annette Baxter-Pendlebury
Chesapeake, VA.

Stephanie Leap

August 12, 2020

To Steph and the boys,
My family and I are so sorry for your loss and our hearts and prayers are with you.
Losing Mike is truly a loss to our community. I will always remember his friendy smile and kindness. He always made time to say hello when I saw him, even if he was driving by on his security rounds at ESU and saw me walking my dog. Mike always took the time to ask how things were and making sure things were safe. He was always there at Little League, watching and cheering on our sons or leading the parade on opening day. It makes me so sad just knowing that he is not around anymore. Mike was a great man and set a great example for his sons. Hugs and strength to you all. He will always be with you.

Wendy Seese

August 12, 2020

Haven’t seen Mike in a long time. Will always remember his friendliness and how much he made people laugh!

Peg Butwin

August 12, 2020

When our son was in his early stages of college life at ESU, it was Cpl. Flaherty who kept him on the straight and narrow. My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting the Corporal during a visit to the campus. What a wonderful man! Our son continued to look up to , and keep in contact with Cpl. Flaherty. This is a tremendous loss and we send our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and fellow officers.

JOHN SNYDER

August 12, 2020

We mourn the loss of a friend, the first from our "old gang" to pass..and it hurts as i try to write this with tears in my eyes.
To be with or around Mike, and not laugh or at least smile...means a sense of humor is your void as this is the true knack and gift he continuously shared...no matter what.
To my friend...thank you for the memories...stories and times shared and I deeply regret that as the years and time passed...we didn't make the time to create more. You will be missed, but, not forgotten.
May your pain and suffering be done and over, as you find your eternal peace.
To your family, your Brothers in Blue and all of your many many friends, I send my deepest thoughts, prayers and condolences.
God Bless.

john

Peter Hayes

August 11, 2020

RIP Mike
He was always a very kind, positive and respectful person. We had some great times with the rifle team in school.
My prayers to his family.

C.R. Stokes Jr

August 10, 2020

The memory of Mike and his incredible life's journey will remain with us forever. Mike was truly a special guy and he will be missed. Please except my deepest sympathies and condolences for your terrible loss.
Mike will truly be missed and never forgotten!!
R.I.P. BROTHER
Stokes Family🙏

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